Citizenship (Amendment) Bill against minorities, says Congress; Amit Shah denies
New Delhi/IBNS: Launching a fierce attack on Union Home Minister Amit Shah and his government, Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, introduced in Parliament's lower house on Monday, is against the minority community.
"It is a regressive legislation which targets the minority community," Adhir said minutes after Shah introduced the bill in Lok Sabha.
Instantly standing up, Shah countered Adhir saying, "The bill is no where against the country's minority community but the infiltrators."
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Saugata Roy said, "The bill is divisive and unconstitutional. It is against everything that our founding fathers had envisioned."
Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, Shashi Tharoor, said, "It is a violation of the foundational structure of the constitution of India."
The draft legislation proposes Indian citizenship for non-Muslim refugees from Muslim major neighbouring nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The bill proposes to gives Indian citizenship to people belonging to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christian communities if they entered India from the three nations on or before Dec 31, 2014.
North-eastern student organisations, civil society groups and opposition parties have been opposing the government over their move.